Monthly archives: April, 2017

Four Urban Wood Firms Snare Wood-Mizer Awards

Four enterprises recognized in Wood-Mizer LLC’s 2016 Business Best Contest are participating in their respective local urban wood movements.

The competition included first, second and third place winners in each of three categories. Entrants were judged on business practices, ethics, organization, and maintaining high-quality standards throughout their operations. Winners shared in $12,250 in prize credits and were profiled in The Wood-Mizer Way magazine.

Kamuela Hardwoods of Kamuela, HI, won first place in the Hydraulic Mills category. The company is going against the grain in offering lumber and specialty slabs from salvaged trees as an alternative to building materials that are predominantly imported. Kamuela Hardwoods’ customers make dining tables, bar tops, flooring, mouldings and trim, fence posts and even ukuleles.

J & M Logging & Sawmill of Fair Grove, MO, won first place for Manual Sawmills. Jacob Whitehead, who also possesses carpentry skills, operates a one-man sawmill operation focused on milling local trees.

The Wood Cycle of Oregon, WI, tied for third place in the Hydraulic Sawmill category. The Wood Cycle both mills and sells lumber and fabricates furniture, cabinets and products from urban wood. Owner Paul Morrison authored the book, Tree to Table: Emergence of the Urban Wood Movement.”

Knotthead Custom Sawing and Fabworx of Ceres, CA, tied for third place in the Hydraulic Sawmill category. Many of the company’s projects involve milling a homeowner’s cherished tree into lumber and then crafting finished products from it. The Knotthead profile was written by Jennfer Alger, who spoke at the urban wood seminar presented at the 2016 International Woodworking Fair and who wrote a blog posted on the IL WUT website: Let’s Make Urban Wood a Household Name.

Read about all of the Business Best Contest winners.

 

 

 

THIRD PLACE TIE

BY JENN ALGER Today, about half of Knotthead’s

business is custom sawing and the other

half a mixture of the sale of slabs and

finished products including Adirondack

furniture, finished outdoor and indoor

tables, birdhouses, live edge rustic

outbuildings, and a whole lot more. Many

of their projects are a combination of

the custom sawing and finished products,

where they turn people’s trees into beautiful

finished products for them to treasure. “All

of the wood is reclaimed locally, cut

into lumber and slabs and sold back

to people in our community,” said

Charles. “People love to come buy wood

with a local story and keep the wood living

on as a nice project.”

FIRST PLACE MANUAL SAWMILLS

J & M Logging and Sawmill in the

southwest Missouri town of Fair

Grove has built his one-man business from

a startup company to a profitable and

successful operation.

 



City Forest Products Slates April 28 Launch Party

City-Forest-Products-Accent-TableCity Forest Products LLC (CFP), described by its principal as “a new social enterprise that creates value from urban woods,” will host a launch party 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday, April 28 at Standing Passengers, 1458 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago.

According to CFP founder Curtis Witek, “Our mission is to revitalize communities through the manufacturing and sale of sustainable products crafted from salvaged urban woods.”

CFP is based in Chicago’s West Town area. Witek is actively seeking local partners engaged in restoration and community development work, including woodworkers and marketers.

In its early stage of development, CFP’s products include accent tables, cutting boards and cheese boards all crafted from wood salvaged from local trees. These products will be sold through CFP’s website and at “various festival events around Chicago.”

CFP pledges to “dedicate 5% of our sales proceeds into a ‘Restoration Fund,’ which we reinvest in on-the-ground ecological restoration and community development projects.”

The launch party is meant to introduce CFP to other urban wood stakeholders. Admission to the celebration is free. Click here to RSVP.

For additional information about CFP, visit CityForestProducts.com or contact Witek at cityforestproducts@gmail.com.



Reclaimed Ash Furniture in Iowa Home Show Expo Spotlight

 

Furniture made from trees infested by the emerald ash borer was recently showcased at the Home & Remodeling Show at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

The Des Moines Register reported that the solid wood furnishings were crafted by Aronson Woodworks, a local custom woodworking business owned by Clay and Megan Aronson. According to the Register’s story, the Aronsons “stumbled across the idea to use ash wood to create furniture about three years ago.”

“We started experimenting with ash wood because it’s really inexpensive at the lumber yard,” Megan Aronson told the newspaper. “A small craftsman is always looking to create something that doesn’t cost a lot of money, and the qualities of ash wood are tremendous for furniture.”

In addition to creating custom furniture, Aronson has a small sawmill and plans to add a dry kiln. The company’s products are displayed at three furniture showrooms in Clive, IA.

Read The Des Moines Register’s article.

Visit AronsonFurniture.com.



U.S. Forest Service Strategizes Woody Biomass Utilization

Woody-Biomass-Utilization-PublicationThe U.S. Forest Service offers a variety of resources for woody biomass utilization, including a 22-page downloadable publication. The Forest Service’s strategy includes promoting and offering guidance on the removal of woody biomass from federal and private lands to achieve “a variety of critical benefits.”

Goals of the Forest Service’s woody biomass program include:

  • Identify and build partnerships through collaboration;
  • Develop and deploy the needed science and technology;
  • Help develop new and expanded markets for bioenergy and bio-based products; and
  • Facilitate a reliable and sustainable supply of biomass.

Learn more about Woody Biomass Utilization.